Have You Heard the Buzz About Drupal 8? [July 13, 2015]
By Dom Nicastro
More than four years of waiting for the new release of the world’s second largest open source web content management systems (CMS) is winding to a close.
The team at Drupal plan to release long awaited, much discussed Drupal 8 in less than a month — Aug. 9, to be precise. Already, the preview edition is drawing plenty of buzz, both good and bad.
For Sam Wendel, content marketing officer for Vardot, a Drupal development firm, Drupal 8’s mobile-first approach and multilingual support enhancements are reasons for excitement.
“Mobile websites and apps are the new reality,” Wendel blogged about Drupal 8, “and so for the first time Drupal is addressing this comprehensively. All built-in themes in Drupal 8 are responsive, making it easier to administer on a mobile device.”
He added that Drupal 8 emphasizes “improved multilingual support” and prioritized globalization support “to deliver improved web experiences for both users and developers. There are improvements to language maintenance options, site translations and easier-to-customize settings. This bodes well for developers and site users everywhere.”
While there is enthusiasm about the Drupal 8 release, there are critics, too. Some users complain the platform should have evolved more in the past several years — and that the new release offers little innovation.